Allergies can be found everywhere, but when you are exposed to them for 8 hours every night, it can become a major problem. For those with toxicity sensitivity and allergies, mattresses can be a hidden foe that cause flareups, runny noses, and sometimes severe illness.
Some of the causes of mattress allergies include: dust mites living in the mattress itself, toxic offgassing from certain memory foams, or mold. Less commonly, those with latex allergies will flare up because of latex bedding, but that is generally more straightforward in terms of your bedding choice.
Latex: For those that are not latex sensitive, latex bedding can offer immediate relief to those that suffer from sensitivity to synthetic compounds (often found in memory foam).
Organic Fabric: For those that are sensitive to fabrics and additives, there is bedding and mattresses that solve this by sourcing their materials from organic farms.
Certifications: It is important to know your certifications. Not all memory foam is created equal. CertiPUR-US is the baseline standard for ozone depleters and offgassing for memory foam. For most folks, CertiPUR-US standards will provide all you need to stay safe. But, if you are very sensitive or prone to severe flareups, you may need something more intensive? The Greenguard certification is the strictest certification available for toxicity in mattresses and for those that have health issues to fight against, you will want to look for the seal.
Unsurprisingly, some of the best mattresses for allergies are Greenguard certified. Plushbeds has been in the green mattress industry for a long time and has a wealth of options both firm and plush. Avocado is a recent newcomer, but with their comfortable and luxurious hybrid that is made with Greenguad certified latex and organic materials, they are hard to pass up. My Green Mattress is another great option with a few different options and have budget friendly options. Originally designed for toxicity sensitive children, this brand's story is sure to relate.
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The Avocado Green mattress offers a blend of eco-conscious, natural, and organic ingredients to make a one of a kind hybrid mattress. For those that are sensitive to off-gassing or suffer from airborne allergies, having an all-natural mattress is a must. Avocado has that covered by using wool, organic cotton, and all-natural latex. They are also GreenGuard Gold certified, which is one of the most rigorous volatile emissions standards. Together with their pocket coil system, this is a strong brand to look at.
My Green Mattress was founded with the mission to create an all-natural mattress that wouldn't harm those that are sensitive to off-gassing or other forms of toxicity in and around mattresses. They offer a variety of Dunlop latex and pocket coil mattresses for both adults and children that are Greenguard and GOTS certified, which are some of the highest organic and safe certifications out there. Their mattresses get high marks from most customers and should be on your short list if you are looking at eco-friendly and all-natural options.
If you have allergies or are concerned by harmful chemicals, Plushbeds has you covered! They are GreenGuard certified, which means that their mattresses don't have harmful compounds or allergens, which is great for those with chemical sensitivities. They have a wide array of offerings including latex, memory foam, and coil mattresses. With deep sales throughout the year, you may even be able to snag one of these mattresses at a discount.
Naturepedic makes a variety of mattresses for adults and children. Their popularity stems from being an organic mattress maker. What does organic mean in the mattress context? It means that they only use organic textiles (think cotton) and organic foams (think latex). This differentiator is a big plus for those that suffer from allergy sensitivities or have young children that do. You are going to expect to pay a premium for such materials.
Spindle is a consumer-direct mattress brand that offers an all natural, latex mattress, which is ideal for those that suffer from allergies and want something that is all-natural and eco-friendly. Building their mattresses with organic cotton, natural wool, and US-made Dunlop latex, take a look to see if these could be right for you.
Zenhaven is another brand by the factory-direct Saatva brand, which has done very well with their Saatva and Loom and Leaf brands. The Zenhaven mattress is an all-natural alternative with high-end materials like organic wool and 100% Talalay latex. What's more incredible: the pricepoint is much more affordable than major retailer varieties of the same quality, which is why it is such a great find for eco-conscious shoppers.
Dreamfoam Bedding is a lower cost subsidiary by Brooklyn Bedding. These economy mattresses are great options for the budget conscious shopper, while still having a wide variety of options in hypoallergenic latex and all-foam. Because of the lower prices, there are lower quality materials used in the mattresses, which isn't ideal for all sleepers, but for those that are looking for a temporary solution or a guest room mattress, these might work just fine.
Savvy Rest is well known for their organic and all-natural bedding, mattresses, and furniture. Their mattresses specifically are all certified GOTS-organic, which means that the textiles they use are organic only. Also, their Dunlop latex is USDA certified and GOLS certified as well. You can even customize the individual layers of latex in your mattress. Of course, this customization and quality in material comes at a price.
Sleep On Latex is an all-natural and eco-conscious choice if you want all of the benefits of memory foam, but don't want synthetic foams in your house. Latex is harvested from the rubber tree vs other foams that are made with petrolium or harsh chemicals. But how does it feel?
Sleep Science builds a line of latex and memory foam mattresses. Their claim to fame is their 'wedge' technology that provides edge support to every piece of the mattress. Additionally, they are Certipur certified, which means they have low VOC and no formaldehyde in their mattresses. They also use bamboo material in some of their mattresses. Their mattresses are made popular through their relationship with Costco warehouse stores where they are sold at a competitive price vs many of the retail sold mattresses of similar material quality.